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Dour battle returns title to Kilmaley

Kilmaley 0-7  Sixmilebridge 0-5 THIS was a camogie decider that will be forgotten by purists, aside from jubilant Kilmaley supporters who are this week celebrating their first back-to-back crown. It is just as well the Clare camogie roll of honour doesn’t include an account of the quality of finals because this senior A final in Clarecastle on Saturday afternoon never lived up to pre-match expectations.But that will not unduly bother the Kilmaley management or camogie players who have achieved their objective by retaining the title they captured for the first time last year with this hard-earned two point victory.Critics may argue the reigning champions should have been far more impressive against a young and inexperienced Sixmilebridge team but ultimately it is the result that counts.This decider in Clarecastle on Saturday afternoon proved to be a tough, tense, dour low-scoring battle against two evenly-matched teams. The game never took off in terms of producing open fluent hurling because of the lack …

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Player-of-the-year award for Honan

DARACH Honan is the first winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player-of-the-Year award. The Clonlara clubman was picked from a shortlist that included his clubmate John Conlon and Newmarket’s Colin Ryan, along with Joe Canning (Galway) and Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and John Mulhall.

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